Anthony and Peter went to the Shaw Festival to see the classic Irish play “Playboys of the Western World.” Peter headed north to see a big production of “THE MUSIC MAN” at Lockport’s historic Palace Theater (see list below). On Saturday, July 29, the operatic epic Carmina Her Burana hits Art Park, and Peter spoke with director Gilrose. Listen to the interview on the Buffalo Toronto Public Media YouTube page or click here.
But just as Artpark is contemplating a return to opera production, the Chautauqua Institute is also significantly scaling back its opera and theater production efforts, as reported by Mark Summer of The Buffalo News.
And next week, Buffalo Infringement Festival’s Alleyway Theater (free) presents a new play, THE WAY IT IS, by Donna Hawke, “The Godmother of Buffalo Theater.”
Gypsy, A Musical Fable, written by Arthur Lorenz, with music by Jules Stein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has been called a “perfect musical” by Anthony, who will lead a bus tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake on Wednesday, September 27, departing the AAA car park in Amherst at 8:30am and returning at 6:30pm. Click here to get your ticket:
Anthony’s review appears on Buffalo News (buffalonews.com) and Peter’s review appears on Buffalo Rising (buffalorising.com).
The local listing looks like this: closing (last chance to see these plays), then opening, then continuation, and then the 2023 Shaw Festival line-up.
Music Man by Meredith Wilson, Curtain Up Productions Musical July 13-23, Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Lockport Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave. Lockport, NY 14094 716.438.1130 lockportpalacetheatre.org
Musicman Promotion: Musicman follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, who, despite not knowing the treble clef and trombone, tricks the people of River City, Iowa into buying the instruments and uniforms for the boy band he vows to organize. His plan to get out of town with the cash goes awry when he falls in love with the librarian Marian, who turns him into a respectable citizen when the curtain falls. From July 13th to 23rd, enjoy a new interpretation of this classic show.
Openings: (listed alphabetically by title)
None this weekend.
Continued: (listed alphabetically by title)
Anthony Chase: My Life in the Audience, Additional Shows, This Sunday, July 23, 8:00 p.m., An Evening of Story and Song with Theater Critic, Speaker and 24/7 Anthony Chase and Music Director Phil Farzier at Piano, Hotel Lafayette’s Elegant and Historic Bittersweet Piano Lounge, 391 Washington Street Buffalo, NY 14203 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anthony- chase-my-life-in-the-audience-tickets-675201906077
Note: Anthony will return to the stage in August with MY LIFE IN THE AUDIENCE at the Jewish Repertory Theater. See the list of “Appearing in late July and her in late August” below.
“Twelfth Night” is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, conceived by Kwame Kwai-Armer and Shaina Toub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Toub, directed by Susan Drozd, and produced by Musical Fair with a cast of 16. July 5 – August 6, Wednesday-Thursday 7:00, Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:30 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00 Main Stage of the Musical Fair Theater, University of Damen Campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 (716) 839-8540
TWELFTH NIGHT BLURB: A modern take on the classic Shakespearean tale with a moving jazz-funk score by composer Shaina Toub. Named one of his best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Washington Post, Twelfth Night is an inspiring contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about false identities and self-discovery. This work tells the story of a young heroine, Viola, who lands on the coast of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, falls in love with the Duke, and is hired by her countess to court her. In her journey through this strange and wonderful new world, she discovers her true self and, in the process, her true love. Running time is approximately 2 hours including intermission.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A PLAY is an hour-long production of Shakespeare scenes and sonnets, adapted by Brendan Didio, directed by Norm Sham, starring Emily Bassett, Heather Casselli, Connor Graham, Nathaniel “Nate” W.C. From June 14th to August 21st, all shows are he free from 7:00 (with one additional matinee he will be held at the Freedom Run Winery on July 23rd from 4:30). All performances are free, no tickets required and open to the public. For dates and locations, scroll down or visit https://shakespeareindelawarepark.org/2023-tour-locations/.
A picnic is recommended, bringing your own chairs and blankets.
July 21st (7:00PM) – Buffalo Central Terminal
495 Dr. Paderewski, Buffalo, NY 14212
July 22 (7pm) – Richard E. Pascucci Bandshell
200 Oxford Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086
July 23rd (4:30pm and 7:00pm) – Freedom Run Winery
5138 Lower Mountain Rd, Lockport, NY 14094
Rain or shine – indoors
July 24th (7pm) – Five Points Bakery
44 Brayton St, Buffalo, NY 14213
July 25 (7pm) – Kenan Center
433 Locust St, Lockport, NY 14094
Rain or shine – indoor use is restricted
July 26 (7pm) – Nike Base Park
3278 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072
July 31 (7pm) – Taylor Road Park
6765 Taylor Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
August 7 (7pm) – Garanti Park
230 Martin Rd, Lackawanna, NY
August 8 (7pm) – Clarence Town Park
10405 Main St, Clarence, NY
August 14 (7pm) – Academy Park
851 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092
August 21 (7pm) – Bassett Park
359 Klein Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
Scheduled to appear in late July and late August
Anthony Chase: My Life in the Audience, additional performances in August, theater critic, speaker and music director Phil Farzier on piano, and two matinees full of stories and songs by Anthony Chase, who is beautiful in every way. August 19th and 20th, both performances at 2:00pm at the Maxine and Robert Cellar Theater in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo.
Benderson Family Building 2640 North Forest Rd. Getzville, NY 14068 For tickets visit www.jewishrepertorytheatreofwny.org Subscribe to https://www.theatertalkbuffalo.com/ for updates
Carmina Burana by Karl Orff. Artpark presents the North American premiere of Carl Orff’s beloved classic, Carmina Burana, directed by La Fra dels Bau in Barcelona in a whole new way. For one night only, Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Main Stage Theater, Grammy Award-winning Gil Rhodes will conduct the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus with soloists, costumes, staging and special effects.
For an interview with Gil Rose, click here.
Click here for tickets and information.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, performed by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Aidan Conklin and Erin Grace Kelly in the title role. It will be held from July 27th to August 20th at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at “Shakespeare Hill” near the Rose Garden and Casino in his Park, Delaware. A picnic is recommended, bringing your own chairs and blankets. (716) 856-4533) www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org
Romeo and Juliet blurb (from shakespeare.org.uk): A long-running revenge between two powerful families turns bloody. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by attacking the Capulet party. A young, lovestruck Romeo Montague instantly falls in love with Juliet Capulet, who is to marry Paris, his father’s choice. With the help of Juliet’s nurse, the women arrange to be married the next day, but Romeo’s attempt to stop the street fighting kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt and banishes Romeo. Desperate to reunite with her Romeo, Juliet follows her monk’s plot to fake her own death. Her message did not reach Romeo, who assumed that her Juliet was dead, and took his own life at her tomb. Juliet wakes up to find Romeo’s body next to her, and she kills herself. The grieving family agrees to end the feud.
THE WAY IT IS, Written by Donna Hawke, Directed by Sabrina Curwaty, Starring Colleen Pine and Jacob Applegate 7:30 p.m. July 28 (opening night), then 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, then 4 and 7:30 p.m. each day of August 5 and 6, Alleyway Theater Cabaret Space, Curtain Up Alley 1, Buffalo (adjacent to Sears Buffalo). Part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival. No reservation required. open seat. The House opens 30 minutes before him on the show, and the Alleyway lobby opens one hour before him on the show. The show is approximately 70 minutes long without intermission and includes talkbacks after all performances.
The blurb: If Kane dumps his fiancé Yasmin after eight years, he’s finished. However, returning to his apartment to retrieve his luggage offers a lesson in truth and consequences. CONTENT WARNING: Sexual assault, presence of firearms on stage. An intimate production by Nicolette Navarro.
Firearms Safety/Combat Instruction by Stephanie Wernick. All performances take place in the Cabaret Space of the Alleyway Theater and are free of charge (donations are accepted and all proceeds go to participating artists).
The Shaw Festival Theater displays a listing by venue.
For more information, please visit https://www.shawfest.com/2023-season/.
at the festival theater
Musical Fable, by Arthur Lorenz
Music: Jules Stein, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoir suggests
By James Baldwin
at the Royal George Theater
Damian Atkins on stage
Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis
by Tom Stoppard
Based on “He Likes to Tell Jokes” by Johann Nestroy
Village Lament (2023 Lunchtime One Act Play)
by Bernard Shaw
shadow of suspicion
by Edith Wharton
At Jackie Maxwell Studio Theater
playboys of the western world
Written by JM Shinji
by Bernard Shaw
And the Shaw Festival will have two new ‘venues’:
Offer mirror tent
game of love and chance
A romantic comedy based on the novel by Pierre de Marivaux.
Improvisations by the Shaw Festival Ensemble – a new play every time.
Mother and daughter
Writer/Director: Selma Dimitrijevic
And “outdoor @ the show”.
Created by Alexandra Montanese and Mike Petersen
Commissioned by Shaw Festival
Rogers and Hammerstein
Magnificent Night for Singing – One Act – Concert
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Music arranged by Fred Wells
Orchestration: Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick
Invented by Walter Bobby
And this holiday season, the Shaw Festival returns.
Lerner & Loewe
Composer, Lyricist: Alan Jay Lerner, Music: Frederic Loewe
Original dance by Agnès DeMille
Revised Book by Brian Hill
by Charles Dickens
Written and originally directed by Tim Carroll
Sears Buffalo Theater has announced a 2023-24 Broadway season.
Mrs.Doubt Fire September 24-30, 2023
Red mill! October 24-November 5, 2023
‘Special Engagement’ with ANNIE December 19-24, 2023
And here’s what the 2024 calendar looks like:
Girl from the North Country January 16-21, 2024
Funny Girl February 13-18, 2024
Les Miserables December 3-18, 2024
Oh mama! September 4-14, 2024
MJ The Musical June 11-16, 2024